In response to increased complaints over pet deaths and illnesses in the US, which have surpassed 1,000 and 4,600 respectively, US pet retailers have pulled Chinese treats from their shelves. Apparently in China there’s a fine line between pet food industry and clandestine dog meat ring that kills people’s pets with poison wax balls stuffed in chicken. NY times reports:
The pet food retailer Petco said on Tuesday that it would stop selling dog and cat treats made in China by the end of this year because of continuing fears that they are making pets sick.
Petco said that shoppers had asked it to stop selling treats from China. The company said it was switching such products out for treats that are made in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and South America.
The company said it began cutting down on the amount of Chinese-made treats three years ago. It expects to completely get rid of them in all its 1,300 stores by the end of this year.
Unfortunately, the FDA hasn’t been able to pinpoint the specific toxin that is causing the mass illnesses, which began popping up as early as 2007.
Check out this TIME video on the epidemic below.